Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Cotton seed bug, Oxycarenus hyalinipennis, found for the first time in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date posted: 03/09/2010
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The cotton seed bug, Oxycarenus hyalinipennis, is a serious pest of cotton with a nearly worldwide distribution, excluding North America. In the 1990s, this pest was found in the West Indies (http://www.pestalert.org/viewArchNewsStory.cfm?nid=181). In January 2010, the cotton seed bug was detected for the first time in Salinas, Puerto Rico. In addition to cotton (Gossypium), hosts include the following genera: Abutilon, Cola, Eriodendron, Malva, Sphaeralcea, Hibiscus, Pavonia, Sida, Dombeya, Sterculia, and Triumfetta.

Under IPPC Standards, Oxycarenus hyalinipennis is considered to be a pest that is present: only in some areas of Puerto Rico.